Another teaser and some comments have come out surrounding the development of IL-2 Great Battles clouds enhancement project. Jason Williams, Executive Producer, went to the forums to talk a bit more about his own first impressions of the technology in operation.
The update on the forums wasn’t part of a formal update but was instead a first impressions as Jason got to test the technology for the first time. The comments sound especially impressive as Jason was able to test an overcast scene with thicker and deeper clouds than before without significant FPS hit. Previous statements from the 1CGS team have suggested that the new technology may run as well as or better than the previous cloud technology and that seems to be the case in these initial tests.
What’s so different is that these new clouds (besides their beauty) is that they can be much bigger, yet did not cripple my test rig. At least my very first tests did not experience this with tons of clouds in the sky. We’ll share more pics or videos once the final feature takes more shape. We only have a very few test clouds at the moment with just a new moments of artist thought so who knows that the top end can be.
Also, I hadn’t lost SA in a dogfight in a long time, but with these new deeper clouds you can seriously not know which way is up and if you are in a dive and not know it, it may be too late to pull out when you come out the bottom. Get to know your artificial horizon!Jason Williams
One of the big enhancements that the new cloud technology for DCS World did was change the “landscape of the sky” and put the weather as a central piece of any engagement. Larger clouds with more detailed and complex formations can change the whole formula of a dogfight taking simple tactics and techniques and adding visibility to the challenge.
For IL-2, this is already the case with the current technology but the new system will further enhance that experience. They also appear to be looking great.